last time i traveled through the airport in 04..went through hell, but eventually let in.
your long departure was probably the reason for the harassment to let you know who is in charge and this place is not for you.
last few times i went, it was through Jordan, visited friends before going in.
that was worse than the airport.
my exchange got so bad with an IOF gril from Ethiopia, she almost burst to tears.
asking me where i was from? i answered here with ‘ i am from inside the fence you have put up, where the hell are you from? im always coming back”
she ran off and another IOF guy with face covered and gun strapped to his waist came and took me to a room, had me remove my clothes and walk through a detector.
thought for sure this isn’t going to go well. he stated such things as “America is better than here, why would come here?” which i replied why don’t you go to America then.
after 4-5 hours of answering the same questions they asked the multiple times before, he gave me my things and said you can go in.
waited in line, when i got finally got the passport stamped for 3 months, another IOF soldier came and took my passport, he came back in about 10 minutes and showed me that the 3 months was crossed out and 7 days was hand written, and that’s all the time i had.
George, your story is one of only 1000’s upon 1000’s, its all about harassment and to show whose the boss.
i could fill a library with the things i have gone through, from checkpoints to seeing the abuse that are handed out daily to the Palestinians.
last time i went i got the 3 months, but also an “AR” written next to the stamp, and was told to go to some building in Jerusalem to give up my right to isreali citizenship, which i said i would do 1st thing. of course i never did.
George don’t give up, that’s what they want.